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ISSUE:  103
DATE:  December 28, 2002
TITLE: 
Hobo TRAVEL TIPS - TOP 10 Travel Web Sites 2002
TIP: TOP 10 Travel Web Sites 2002
LOCATION:  LUANG PRABANG, LAOS

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TOP 10 TRAVEL WEBSITES FOR 2002
- A year in review.
by Andy the HoboTraveler.com

Hello,
I am out here in the middle of the road. Not at home,
not on some desktop computer, not at work, and I am
positive not at the University library. I need fast help and
information, and not just pretty pages. I often find my
answers in the internet cafe with an owner that does
not speak English for about 75 Cents US per hour
on the other side of the planet.
Year 6.

These are my choices for 2002 of websites or
pages needed and are a great help to me a
world traveler... a.k.a.
Andy the HoboTraveler.com

1 ABOUT.COM
http://www.about.com/
A general information source site. About this and
about that. This site both provides information and
points you to links about the subject of interest.
Similar to many sites, but with an expert mediator
and a focus on helping to subscribe to newsletters
this site is special. It is about so much. Pay special
attention to the newsletter aspect.

2 SHARED
ENCARTA OR ENCYCLOPEDIA.COM
http://encarta.msn.com/
http://www.encyclopedia.com/
Guidebooks are for opinions. The experience traveler
needs facts, figures and accurate maps more than
opinions. An encyclopedia is the first place to
start your research.

3 CIA - The World Factbook 2002
http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/
More good data and facts - The flag, the population,
type of government. etc. A specific way to open
of the underlying details that help you to
understand the why of a country..

4 JOHNNYJET.COM
http://www.johnnyjet.com/
Johnny is the collector. He collects all the links
you need to book tickets or enjoy your trip so
you do not need to hunt for sites. A airfare sales
site with a personal touch.

5 ESCAPEARTIST.COM
http://www.escapeartist.com/
For the person that wants to leave home and never
return. This is for the expatriate, the investor, or
for the person wanting to retire overseas.  A portal
of information for people that live, work, and hide
offshore.

6 HOSTELWORLD.COM
http://www.hostelworld.com/
How much is a cheap room in Katmandu, Nepal?
A search engine of "Budget Hotels" for the world
that allows you to make reservations with the cheap
sleeps. I do caution the reader to not just make
reservations with just any and all "Hostels-Hotels."
The underdeveloped countries have problems with
reservations. This site will help the small hotel
compete with the large chains. Keep you eye on
this site.

7 MAP SEARCH
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/
or http://www.google.com/
After I know some information about the place.
I know the cost and I can afford to live in the
destination. I than need a map, or lots of maps.
There is NO great general map or atlas for the
world. I recommend you start with National Geographic
maps, and than do a search in the Google.com
for the specific map for your destination.

8 RANDY JOHNSON'S PERSONAL PAGE or
http://www.ease.com/~randyj/bestlist.htm
http://www.ease.com/~randyj/index.html
I like this page. This guy has been everywhere.
Although obviously made by him for him. It
provides the personal introspection of a true
traveler, and sets a tone or voice to understand
the future of travel.

9 AIRTREK.COM
http://www.airtrek.com/
On the cutting edge of airfare booking services.
This site understands the budget traveler and is
trying to give you the necessary tools to book a
flight anywhere in the world. With around the world
tickets and open Jaw, this ticket sales site
understands that on a trek we do come home the
same way we went.

10 TOPICA.COM
http://www.topica.com/
This is a site to find newsletters to subscribe to,
or a place to publish your personal newsletter.
Newsletters are the easiest and best way to
research a subject. A good newsletter will collect
and give you digested materials. With what is
NEW or News inside the letter. Topica.com is
my choice and helps me avoid getting spam.
Yahoogroups.com is a good source also and
worth mentioning, but Topica.com is my favorite.
I use Topica.com for my travel newsletters,
but also have some mirrors in Yahoogroups.com.

E-MAIL UPDATES OR NOTIFICATIONS:
Sent to your email box.
I receive emails from world news, tips and travel
warnings. A great way to be notified when the
world changes, and stay away from civil wars...
or find them.

1 Travel Warning
Need to find email updates.
http://travel.state.gov/travel_warnings.html

2 CNN.COM NEWS UPDATES
Go to site and look for news updates.
http://www.cnn.com/

3 Hobo Travel Tips
( This is me, Andy the Editor of this page. )
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